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The Working Spirit of Betsy DeVos

From what you hear about Betsy DeVos in the newspapers or on television, you can clearly see an agenda opposed to the Secretary of Education.

I took the initiative to further conduct research on Mrs. DeVos and what I discovered was a woman who’s committed her lifelong career to propel the excellence of young minds.

Secretary DeVos’s career in education has spanned for nearly 30 years. Her source of inspiration comes from her mother, who was an educator, and the number of educators that continually push for school-choice. Visit Betsy’s profile page on facebook.com.

For a large portion of her educational career, DeVos mentored disadvantaged children in the Public-School System to which she credits being the root to all her successes. Her main fight has been to push states to allow freedom of choice for parents and to try and break the common core initiative.

DeVos first began working towards her goals of implementing school choice by creating a foundation which offered scholarships to poor families. Though marginally successful, DeVos knew that she could apply these methods in a larger frame of mind.

DeVos was a member of American Education Reform Council and Children First America, charities that aimed to expand school choice via voucher programs and tax credits.

DeVos is the husband of Dick DeVos whose father founded Amway. Both Betsy and Dick have been central figures in the Michigan state-legislature helping to pass the State’s first charter school bill. They also unsuccessfully tried to allow tax credit scholarships or vouchers in the State.

Dick DeVos also ran unsuccessfully as the Governor of Michigan on the Republican ticket. The spouses have been Staunch Republicans supporters and have been influential in the state of Michigan for years.

They also formed a Political Action Committee called the American Federation for Children (AFC). At the height of DeVos’s influence she has seen many great advancements in states such as Florida, Louisiana. and Indiana whose policies have implemented tax-credit scholarships for parents to have school choice.

Throughout President Trump’s campaign he had been openly critical of Common Core and threw support around the idea of school choice to which Betsy DeVos soon became the ideal candidate. She secured the position as the 11th Secretary of Education in the United States by a narrow margin in the Senate. Read more articles at MLive about Betsy.

For most of DeVos’s detractors, it is easy to evade one’s rich story when they are inclined to focus solely on one’s policies. The idea behind Betsy DeVos’s mission could not have been framed overnight.

I am personally more inclined to trust a public servant who has a deep ambition in carrying out their vision, whether I agree with them or not than someone that speaks only to appease the masses.

Eva Moskowitz – The Founder of the High Performing Success Academy Charter Schools

Eva Moskowitz founded the largest charter school network, Success Academy Charter Schools, which is producing outstanding results in terms of education and co-circular activities for the children. Out of the total schools in New York with the highest proficiency scores, 50% are from the Success Academy network. These numbers have greater importance since most of the students from Success Academy come from low-income families.

Eva Moskowitz was born and brought up in Manhattan. She went to the Stuyvesant High School and realised during her last years that most of her teachers were incompetent to teach the students. She found out that most of her friends passed the exams by cheating and the principal used to cover it up. She then went to the University of Pennsylvania to earn her B.A. honors in History and then received her Ph.D. degree in America History from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. She started her career as a professor at the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University and the City University of New York. She later ran for city council in New York City which she won. She then joined the education committee to bring changes to the system and spend years to transform the public schools for the betterment.
Eva Moskowitz started Success Academy not just to provide kids from low-income families with an opportunity to get a quality education, but to provide the parents with a better parental choice when it comes to the education of their children. The education program that she runs at Success Academy is not entirely academic. She wants to ensure that the students have high morals and can improve their public speaking, art and sporting skills. She intends to make the curriculum more engaging so that the students can enjoy the time that they spend in school learning. She is of the belief that the entire country needs to raise the standard of education to produce successful men and women.
Eva Moskowitz has supported the need to provide parents with the freedom to choose what is best for their kids. It is her belief that parents are not given enough credit by the government and should be given the opportunity to pick the school that can offer their children well all round education. Eva already has 41 schools with 14,000 students under her Success Academy but aims to expand to at least 100 more schools in the coming decade. She wants to travel to those areas where there are no good schools, not just for education but also for extra-circular studies.

In one of her recent interview, Eva Moskowitz spoke about the need for better teacher training programs in the country. She thinks that the current teacher training program is not appropriate to provide proper education to the students and prepare them for the real world. It is not just about the content that is taught to the children; it should also be about child development. The teachers should be taught to understand their students, not just academically, but also emotionally and socially. Only then, will they be able to do a fantastic job with the students. Eva wants better reforms in the teacher’s programs in the country.